OCTOBER 9 – 14, 2017
“Then to those who sold the doves He said, Take these things away (out of here)! Make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise (a marketplace, a sales shop)!”
(John 2:16 AMP)
We need to get committed to resolving the issues we face. We cannot turn a blind eye to them, or sweep them under the carpet or run away from them. We must stand up to them and resolve them. We must be committed to resolving them! Any issue not resolved does not go away. Even if it happens or stays in quietness, it will grow – deeper, larger, multiplied – and get more difficult to resolve. It will eventually show up though, but most often in an unpleasant way. One thing is for sure, ignoring it will not make it go away. It has to be resolved. And only our commitment to resolving our issues will ensure they are resolved.
I run a non-profit organisation, One Woman Fulfilled Initiative (OWF), focused on restoring the woman to her God-given role as the catalyst and lifeline for the growth and development of mankind and society. Our strategy to achieve this is to inspire, educate and empower women to live fulfilled lives. Over the weekend, we had our monthly gathering PROPEL. During PROPEL, we address issues women face, tackling them from a godly perspective.
Our topic this weekend was based on Matthew 19:6. Considering God’s standard on remarriage after a divorce, and considering the fact that many have been so remarried and this new marriage seems obviously blessed by God and seems to have God’s stamp of approval, based on Matthew 19:6, is it possible that God may not have joined together the couple in the previous marriage? If that is the case, is it possible that the dissolving of the previous marriage may not be a divorce to God because the two were never joined together?
From the responses we got, it was clear that many needed a resolve of this issue. An issue that we prefer not to talk about. When it comes to marriage, divorce and remarriage, we don’t want to tamper with it. It is clear that quite a number of couples are going through deep troubles because this issue has not been properly addressed. “We know exactly what the bible says” we say. But how do we explain the situation many are in when what we say we know does not seem to address it. Maybe if we got COMMITTED to resolving this issue, we will hear God speak. Maybe we will get understanding. “Get wisdom, get understanding but with all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:5
I believe it is the enemy’s plan for us to be mute on some certain issues because as long as they are not resolved, they stand as a barrier, a hindrance to our moving forward in life. They stand between us and the fulfillment of our purpose. They rise before us as silent pistols, quietly snuffing life out of people.
Jesus was so committed to fulfilling His purpose that it showed up in the resolving of His issues. Jesus clearly had an issue with the buying and selling in the temple, and He was committed to resolving it. I wonder, if it was in our day and someone did that! Oh, the many negative things that would be said about such as person. Have you ever considered whether what Jesus did was against the people of God then? What would other religious groups have said? Was Jesus not bringing down the people of God before other religions? How could He have done that?
I bet some people have tried to align what Jesus did and their beliefs but it didn’t tally. “We are Christians! We don’t do that! We leave it for God to do something!” Since it is Jesus, let’s just leave that alone. Imagine a member of the church going into church and doing a thing like that? Even my writing about this may seem to some that I am trying to bring down the body of Christ. Why? These are no go areas! “Let these matters alone, God will resolve them by Himself.” You hear. But, we are the light of the world! We are the ones to eliminate darkness! We are the ones to resolve issues! Light resolves issues!
My dear Reader, get committed to resolving your issues. Unresolved issues are joy stealers, happy stealers, peace stealers, progress stealers… Unresolved issues lead to bitterness, sickness, diseases… it is the cause of depression. In the presence of God there is fullness of joy. Ask the Lord for help. Ask Him for strategy. Ask Him to show you what to do or who to turn to. Don’t keep quiet and sweep it under your carpet. Even if the dirt is under the carpet, out of sight, it is still in your house. The dirt needs to leave your house.
I pray that a strong hunger to maintaining your joy and peace will rise up in your heart, causing you to get committed to resolving any issues that show up before you. I pray that this week, you have the wisdom, understanding, the strength, the boldness and the courage to deal with issues that comes your way or having been lingering in your heart. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!! Enjoy a fulfilling week!